DETROIT — A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Detroit mother charged with fatally stabbing her daughter three days before the girl’s ninth birthday.
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Semeria Greene remained silent during her brief first court appearance Thursday. She will stay in jail without bail on the murder charge.
Tameria Greene was found bleeding Sunday on the floor of the family’s apartment.
State officials say they tried to have Tameria and four siblings removed from their home but the request was denied in November. Wayne County Judge Frank Szymanski says the case was assigned to him but he had no direct role.
Szymanski says a Family Division referee held a hearing on Nov. 28 and recommended the children remain at home with services from the state. A trial was set. Szymanski signed the order.
AP’s earlier story is below.
A 26-year-old Detroit mother of five was scheduled for her first court appearance Thursday afternoon on a murder charge in the stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter.
Tameria Greene, who would have turned 9 on Wednesday, was found bleeding early Sunday on the floor of the family’s apartment. Her mother, Semeria Greene, was arrested and her four sons were taken into protective custody.
Greene was due to be arraigned on felony murder and child abuse charges. She did not have an attorney listed in court records.
Michigan’s human service director Maura Corrigan said family, friends and neighbors had complained to her agency about Greene’s treatment of her five children. Corrigan said child welfare workers had tried repeatedly to remove them from Greene’s care in the past two years.
Corrigan says a court denied the last request one month before Tameria’s death.
Judge Frank Szymanski told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he signed an order in November that ordered services but kept the children in the home. He said his order reflected the result of a hearing held by a referee and he had no active role in the case at that time. That’s standard procedure in such cases, the judge said.
“I want to get to the bottom of this. I’m concerned, absolutely,” Szymanski said
Tameria’s 7-, 4-, 2- and 1-year-old brothers now are in foster care.
The girl’s slaying came at the end of a particularly brutal year in Detroit. By Thanksgiving, the city had surpassed the 344 criminal homicides reported in all of 2011. On Thursday, the city reported 386 slayings for 2012.
A conviction on the murder charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. The child abuse charge carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence. A motive for the stabbing was not clear.